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Why first base coaches should always wear a cup

Apr 24, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Or why they should pay better attention. Not sure which:

Ted Berg of USA Today has the background information on it.  It’s apparently from May 2012, but it just started floating around baseball writer circles yesterday.  Dates aside, it’s already timeless, no?

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    That kid has almost perfected a perfect melding of the Balk and HBPiD or BiD. Practice, practice, practice.

    • cur68 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Yeah, pretty good Dickslayer on him. If he wants to make it to the bigs, though, he’s gonna have to be able to leave his target writing on the ground, not just pirouetting. Still, he can command it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        He’s learning. I think he shows some good promise. That coach just had grit and could shake it off.

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      Practice ? practice ? We talking about practice ?Practice ?

  2. hittfamily - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    This looks fake. The first baseman doesn’t attempt to run after the ball when he thinks it has gone to the fence, almost as if he knew he didn’t need to. Then he does a swipe to pick the ball up without glancing at the runner. Then he, the first baseman, calls timeout. Why? The runner knows the first baseman was drawn off the bag by the throw, but never bothers to look for the ball to see if he can advance. There are just too many oddities in this for it to be real.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      No need for conspiracy theories, I know nothing I say will change your mind but what I see is a first baseman who lunges to his left, turning his head to follow the trajectory of the errant ball and immediately sees it hits the 1B coach, at this point he doesn’t have to run after any ball because he saw the coach get HBPiD and the ball bounce nearby. The runner slid back headfirst towards the bag and IS LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION of the Coach and can see him hurt and the ball being picked up by the fielder as he stays on the bag. In fact he doesn’t take look away during the entire sequence. He sees the ball at all times.

      After hitting the coach at this point the ball is dead and they’re calling a time-out. There’s nothing odd here except your perception of the events in this video.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Some people just gotta be clever and can’t enjoy a good internet funny… :(

      • hittfamily - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Upon further review, the runner does look. But the 1st baseman never does. He even says something to the coach, prior to looking at the runner. He casually picks up the ball, without even glancing behind him. Also, who was filming this, the 3rd base coach?

  3. mentalotherhalf - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Pitcher thought that first base coach was just a little too helpful to his runners…

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      Ball(s) don’t Lie

  4. mentalotherhalf - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    And I wonder whether it was the pitcher or first base coach who ended the conversation by screaming, “Get off my mound!”

  5. largebill - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Several years ago I was coaching 1B. I was talking to our baserunner and first baseman. Our guy barely had much of a lead. All of a sudden the pitcher stepped off and fired a bullet to first. The fielder never moved and I got nailed bad in the groin. Walked it off, but wow. If it was a couple inches over . . . . . well I don’t want to think how that might of hurt.

  6. schuch10 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Is that Ryan Zimmerman on the mound?

  7. sarcasticks - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    The fact that the coach didn’t immediately hit the ground in writhing agony contradicts one particular stereotype.

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